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Old 11-20-2008, 01:40 PM   #1
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Default 2005 Fuel Filter Replacement

I'm reading the alldatadiy (sucks btw) procedure for how to replace the fuel filter in a 2005 Outback Sport... some of it seems a bit daunting, but in my head I'm thinking, hey, it doesn't involve dropping the tank, so it's do-able.

Do I really need to drain all the fuel from the tank, or will letting it run down to E be sufficient?

Also, I hate to ask such a dumbass question, but is there a how-to written up anywhere about this? I searched, but seem to come up with either a bunch of unrelated stuff, or nothing at all... but in other threads for earlier year models I have seen phrases like "you're lucky, 05+ MY were screwed"
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Old 11-20-2008, 02:13 PM   #2
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The fuel filter is in the engine bay right by the driver side strut tower. If you're talking about the filter on the fuel pump assembly, disconnecting the fuel pump relay and running the car until it stalls will suffice.
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Old 11-20-2008, 02:57 PM   #3
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Old 11-20-2008, 03:36 PM   #4
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The fuel filter is in the engine bay right by the driver side strut tower. If you're talking about the filter on the fuel pump assembly, disconnecting the fuel pump relay and running the car until it stalls will suffice.
this is false and is misinformation for the OP's vehicle

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on the OP's vehicle the filter is in the fuel tank attached to the fuel pump/float assembly
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Old 11-20-2008, 03:39 PM   #5
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I'm reading the alldatadiy (sucks btw) procedure for how to replace the fuel filter in a 2005 Outback Sport... some of it seems a bit daunting, but in my head I'm thinking, hey, it doesn't involve dropping the tank, so it's do-able.

Do I really need to drain all the fuel from the tank, or will letting it run down to E be sufficient?

Also, I hate to ask such a dumbass question, but is there a how-to written up anywhere about this? I searched, but seem to come up with either a bunch of unrelated stuff, or nothing at all... but in other threads for earlier year models I have seen phrases like "you're lucky, 05+ MY were screwed"
have a firebottle handy
do not wear clothing made of wool or synthetic material to help prevent static sparks

Just let the tank run down......beware the gasket at the top!!! be careful not to damage it
beware bending the float arm




when torquing the nuts on the studs on top of the tank that hold the pump assembly in the tank

DO NOT OVERTORQUE THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

3.3FT-LBS ONLY!!!!!....ALMOST JUST FINGER TIGHT!!!!!
THESE LITTLE BASTARDS SNAP OFF IN A HALF A HEARTBEAT!!!!!!!!

BEWARE THEM

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Old 11-20-2008, 03:56 PM   #6
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have a firebottle handy
do not wear clothing made of wool or synthetic material to help prevent static sparks
Literally -->

I work at an IC manf, so I plan to wear my ESD smock (has wire mesh weaved into it), along with an ankle strap, all tied to the chassis... it's not worth a couple hundred bucks saved to be dead or spend the rest of my days looking like Fire Marshall Bill


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Just let the tank run down......beware the gasket at the top!!! be careful not to damage it
beware bending the float arm

when torquing the nuts on the studs on top of the tank that hold the pump assembly in the tank

DO NOT OVERTORQUE THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

3.3FT-LBS ONLY!!!!!....ALMOST JUST FINGER TIGHT!!!!!
THESE LITTLE BASTARDS SNAP OFF IN A HALF A HEARTBEAT!!!!!!!!

BEWARE THEM
Thx, this is good info to have! ... I noticed the super low torque values when reading the alldata instructions, but it's great to have it re-forced so I know not to crank those suckers down!!
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Old 11-23-2008, 12:15 PM   #7
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Watch out for sharp edges as well, the edges of the sheet metal can cut pretty easily. Also, some areas of the gasket can't be visibly seen so be sure that the gasket hasn't folded back onto itself during the install. You shoud be able to feel around the perimeter of the gaskets somewhat, but like I said, watch those sheet metal edges when you do.
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